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JPMorgan profit leaps nearly 80%

• Agence France-Presse via the raw story
NEW YORK (AFP) – US banking giant JPMorgan Chase on Thursday announced a net profit of 4.8 billion dollars in the second quarter, up nearly 80 percent from the same period last year.

Reporting solid performance across most business areas, the New York-based bank's profits included 1.5 billion dollars that had been set aside to cover bad loans.

"We continue to aggressively do all that we can reasonably and responsibly to contribute to the economic recovery," said CEO Jamie Dimon.

Earnings were "partially offset by a charge of 550 million dollars for the UK bonus tax," said Dimon, adding that upcoming US financial reform also posed potential pitfalls for the firm.

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